Frank Biller, M.Sc., MBA | Head Coach & Director of Rowing


Frank Biller with faithful companion Pinky

Frank has been at the helm of Virginia Rowing since Fall 2009. Under his guidance the Wahoo crews have won multiple ACRA National Championships, Dad Vail Golds as well as five Head of the Charles titles. Internationally, Frank has taken UVA crews to Henley Royal in 2011, 2013, 2015. Several UVA rowers have represented the US internationally, including at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Frank has almost 30 years of experience at every level of the sport, coaching and mentoring athletes from the junior to elite levels, both in Europe and in the United States. These athletes have won medals at the world championships, as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Growing up in Switzerland and traveling the rowing world, Frank has studied the different systems, styles, and cultures of today’s most successful rowing powers.

Frank also has enjoyed successful careers in banking/finance and the military. In 2004 he earned an MBA and MS from Drexel University’s LeBow Business School. Frank is also adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville where he lectures in cultural development and mindfulness.

He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son.

Alan Kush | Assistant Coach

Alan returns to Charlottesville via San Fransisco where he has been coaching Oakland Strokes’ Varsity Men since 2014. Prior to Strokes, Alan was the UC Berkeley Women’s Rowing team rigger and assistant boathouse manager.

Before migrating west, Alan served as Head Coach for the University of Virginia Club Women’s program in 2012 and Assistant Coach for the University of Virginia Men’s Rowing program from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 he was an assistant coach for the Under 23 National Team, where he managed the Men’s 1x and lightweight 1x rowers from selection through the championship regatta. 

Alan began rowing in 2007 for the University of Virginia and rowed for four years for the team. In 2011 Alan was a member of the UVA Men’s Varsity 8+ ACRA National Champions, continuing with that team to row at the Henley Royal Regatta where they made it through to the Temple Challenge Cup semi-final. Alan graduated from UVA in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with minors in Business and Physics. After graduation he continued to row through 2014 with the California Rowing Club.

Sarah Healy | Assistant Coach

Version 2Sarah is returning for her second “full-time” year with Virginia Rowing. She transplanted herself to Charlottesville early in high school. Sarah co-found a rowing team here in the mountains after getting her start in the sport in Mathews County, VA with the Mobjack Rowing Association in 8th grade.

Starting out tiny she found herself plopped into the coxswain seat of a boat with the only 4 upperclassmen girls on the team. They went on to win states and nationals. Over ten years, she grew up and not out so she stuck predominately to coxing, but has rowed (and raced) in almost every type of shell.

At University of Mary Washington she coxed the men’s varsity eight for three years. Every summer since high school, Sarah has helped out at our summer camps and the local community rowing program. After graduating in 2015 she joined the VRA staff permanently.

Since the 50th anniversary of Virginia Rowing, Sarah has worked tirelessly to preserve VRA memories. Please reach out to her if you have anything to share from your experience with the team—photos, stories (both written and verbal anecdotes), programs, rowing memorabilia, and anything you may think of as “old rowing junk” is most appreciated as she works to piece together the most comprehensive history of the program as possible. All original items CAN be scanned and then returned if you don’t want to part with them quite yet. You can find her contact information here